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Flames send Horak down

Flames rookie Roman Horak, who was told to find a place in Calgary not too long ago, is calling...

Flames rookie Roman Horak, who was told to find a place in Calgary not too long ago, is calling Abbotsford home for now after being assigned to the AHL Heat. (Al Charest/QMI Agency/Files)

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:17 PM ET

CALGARY - Roman Horak wasn't about to draw back into the lineup with Brendan Morrison playing so well and David Moss on the road to recovery.

So the Flames rookie who was told to find a place in Calgary not too long ago is calling Abbotsford home for now after being assigned to the AHL Heat to suit up in games Friday and Saturday.

"We thought it'd be a good chance for Roman to play and not just be sitting," said Flames head coach Brent Sutter, who confirmed he'd be rolling with the same lineup Saturday against the Oilers that suited up Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche.

Horak's play had hit a plateau — as many young players experience — and the club feels he'll be better served playing big minutes for the Heat in key situations and special teams.

"It's the right thing to do," said Sutter.

"Jay (GM Jay Feaster) and I had a good discussion about it (Thursday) night and we felt for Roman right now it's the right thing ... basically so his skill level doesn't drop off."

Picked up in the Tim Erixon trade with the New York Rangers last spring, Horak made the team out of training camp and impressed the coaches and management with his hockey intelligence.

The Czech Republic product scored a pair of goals and nine points in 25 NHL games.

He could be recalled by the Flames ahead of next week's road trip.

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